You’ve probably heard the tip that if you’re interested in losing weight-fat, it’s a good idea to eat slowly and chew your food at least 15-20 times before swallowing. Doing so allows your brain and body to actually sense that it’s full, instead of cramming a bunch of food down your throat only to find out 30 mins later that you’re WAY stuffed.
And for that reason (and a few others), I’m picking cherries as my #1 fruit for fat-weight loss.
With cherries, you can’t just pop 30 in your mouth in two mins like you could, and probably often do, with grapes, or blueberries, nuts, or seeds. Instead, the pits force you to eat cherries slowly, allowing your satiation sensors (like the satiety hormone CCK) to chime in and prevent you from over-indulging.
So that’s reason #1 – built in portion control.
Reason #2, and it’s a BIG one, is that cherries have the LOWEST glycemic index of all fruits, and one of the lowest glycemic indexes of any carbohydrate source-period.
Scoring at a ridiculously low 22, you can even snack on cherries in the evening without much detriment as their effect on insulin is minimal at best. Again, it’s not late-night eating that’s the problem, it’s eating the wrong foods (those that cause a substantial rise in fat-loss halting insulin) in evening hours that is.
Reason #3 is that eating a small amount of low glycemic carbohydrates within two hours of going to bed helps most people produce more serotonin. Serotonin is a feel good, feel relaxed hormone that your body secretes more at night or when it is dark and helps people fall asleep gently. When most people sleep better, they tend to eat less the next day.
So next time you’re in the mood for a sweet, satiating snack, reach for a small bowl of cherries and enjoy the goodness. Organic, dark cherries have also proven quite beneficial in treating or preventing gout and some other kidney problems. My new favorite variety is organic Rainier cherries….
Mmm mmm good 🙂